All in Internet of Things
Autonomous vehicles, connected cars, and the future of mobility—these topics are top-of-mind throughout the auto industry today. While Silicon Valley startups have made inroads in these areas, the traditional automakers have been eager to demonstrate their seriousness in taking on this challenge. This week, Ford announced the details of one of the largest (and most concrete, in a literal sense) steps in that direction: the company has acquired the long-derelict Michigan Central Station, and intends to transform it (and the surrounding Corktown neighborhood) into a testbed and development hub for its next generation mobility initiatives.
The widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles is anticipated to be a major force in changing the way Americans live. One of the industries most impacted by these changes may be the insurance industry. While many questions remain unanswered, the industry already has certain products that may serve as a platform for insuring risks in the next generation of automotive travel.
The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is kicking off the third in a series of multistakeholder efforts targeting cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT). NTIA is the Executive Branch agency responsible by law for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy issues and is engaged with global technology policy on behalf of the United States.
Trickle-down may be controversial in economics and politics, but it is an established fact in the automotive world. Antilock brakes and airbags debuted on high-end luxury cars in the 1980s before making their way to mass-market vehicles. Other technologies have followed a similar trajectory. Turbocharging was once rare enough that the single word “Turbo” became the iconic apex of Porsche’s storied 911, but these days it’s used on anything and everything, from Ferraris to Ford Fiestas.
As the ITS America 2018 Annual Meeting convened in Detroit this week, the question that seemed to be on everyone’s mind was, “what is the path forward for Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) auto safety services?”
On June 6, 2018, Wiley Rein LLP hosted clients and other interested parties to learn more about the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS or Department) cybersecurity initiatives and priorities. This is part of the firm’s ongoing Outlook on Cyber series, which brings government and private sector together to talk cyber.
In a reminder that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is not the only agency with authority over unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations, yesterday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a proposed $2.8 million forfeiture against HobbyKing for marketing certain radio transmitters for use with drones that operate outside their authorized spectrum bands, and at power levels beyond what the FCC has permitted.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which serves as the principal advisor to the President on telecommunications and information policy, has asked for guidance to shape the United States’ international technology agenda.
The President’s May 11, 2017 Executive Order 13800, “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure” required a number of reports and assessments to be submitted by government agencies. A year later, several key reports have been released in full or in summary form—many, like the Botnet Report, being churned out in May.
From rural America to cities, technology is improving infrastructure and creating efficiencies.
On May 22, 2018, the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection convened a hearing titled “Internet of Things Legislation.” The hearing enabled members of the Subcommittee to gather input from industry and consumer advocacy representatives on a discussion draft of the State of Modern Application, Research, and Trends of IoT Act (the “SMART IoT Act”).
In a big day for the UAS industry, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the first round of winning participants in its highly-anticipated unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP). DOT also announced that two rulemaking publications have been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval: the long-awaited flights over people notice of proposed rulemaking and the FAA’s previously-announced advanced notice of proposed rulemaking on safe and secure UAS operations.
In light of recent controversies, governments have sought aggressive new data privacy and security measures. In the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) considers itself “the nation’s primary privacy and data security enforcer and one of the most active privacy and data security enforcers in the world.” A number of other federal agencies also seek to regulate privacy, cybersecurity, and IoT.
The Federal Communications Commission released a Public Notice seeking comment on bidding procedures for the 28 GHz and 24 GHz band spectrum auctions—the first ever millimeter-wave auctions in the United States.
This article is co-authored by Sara Baxenberg and Josh Turner.
News outlets are reporting this week that Xcel Energy has received a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations beyond visual line of sight of the operator. Xcel CEO Ben Fowke explained to the press that Xcel will use the waiver “to conduct flights that will enhance grid reliability and safety for our employees and the public.” The company has touted the waiver as “unprecedented” and “groundbreaking.” But is this really uncharted territory for expanded UAS operations?